News Nosh 1.10.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
You Must Be Kidding: 
“What is this special weapon we have that we fire and see pillars of smoke and fire, but nobody gets hurt? It is time for there to be injuries and deaths as well.”
-- Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel suggests there should be more Palestinian casualties in Israel's attacks in the Gaza Strip

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News Summary:
Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35 years old and a father of six, was shot Tuesday night in a drive-by shooting near Nablus and later died of his injuries. He was a resident of the illegal settler outpost Havat Gilad, just south of Nablus. The IDF has imposed a partial lockdown in Nablus and its neighboring villages while it searches for the killer, who is still on the loose.

Education Minister Naftali Bennet came to Havat Gilad for the funeral to give a eulogy, during which he was heckled by mourners calling for revenge. Bennet responded that "the only revenge is to keep building,” but this did not calm the crowd. Today, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered his ministry to work towards legalizing the Havat Gilad outpost. Prime Minister Netanyahu has called on Abbas to condemn this act of violence and praised US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman for blaming the Palestinians for preventing peace: "Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards. Look no further to why there is no peace," Friedman tweeted. The Palestinians have rejected this accusation saying that Friedman's comments reveal his "prejudiced and selective attitude towards the occupation." 

Quick Hits:
  • In Haaretz, David Makovsky writes that a wave of European countries recognizing Palestine is coming, despite the convergence of Europe and Israel's interests in other aspects of Middle East policy. Although the EU itself is not likely to make this move, European countries that feel spurned or marginalized may feel compelled to do so individually.
  • Senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say the Treasury is planning to cut their budget significantly and warn that this will significantly harm both the country's image abroad and its security. Ambassador Gilad Cohen says: "The proposed cuts are not yet an order to close the ministry, but something very close to that.” 
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu will take 130 businessmen to India next week to discuss trade, including defense sales. Israel is a major weapons supplier to India selling an average of $1 billion in military equipment each year. Note: one of the members of this delegation is an Israeli drone company that is at the heart of a sensitive criminal investigation by the international crimes unit of the Israeli police.
  • A Jewish neighborhood in Djerba, an island city of Tunisia, was hit with Molotov cocktails last night. There was a failed attempt to burn down a synagogue and two schools were targeted. This comes amid protests in the country over rising consumer prices and a lack of financial support from the government.
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